The oldest Chinatown in the U.S. is San Francisco's, created shortly after the Gold Rush. Likewise, the oldest institution in the U.S. dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the Chinese American experience also resides in this historical neighborhood. The Chinese Historical Society of America hosts this tour and workshop for participants to explore this living, breathing, and ever evolving community. The theme will revolve around the idea of identity. Participants will examine why Chinatown was initially created and examine how this unique community shifted over the years by observing various locations of historic, social, and cultural significance. Participants will take photos of Chinatown in which the idea of identity is present, then share those photos in the workshop that follows. The tour and workshop should give participants a better understanding of the historical development of Chinatown, how the community functions presently, how the arts can be used to explore the Chinese American experience, and how different methods can be used to create a participatory and inclusive learning space.
Fee: $40. Attendees are on their own to reach the start of this workshop at the Chinese Historical Society, 965 Clay St.